6-month license revoke is too light for dangerous driving offense

By Thanh Le   May 8, 2023 | 04:00 pm PT
Driving in the wrong direction on an expressway is extremely dangerous, yet recently a driver was given a low fine for the crime, angering the public.

The driver was fined VND17 million (US$730) and had his license revoked for six months, for driving at 100 kph on the wrong side of the Dau Giay – Phan Thiet Expressway.

He told traffic police he got lost while on his way to the south-central Binh Thuan Province from Dong Nai Province near Ho Chi Minh City.

A pick-up truck drives on the wrong direction on Dau Giay – Phan Thiet Expressway, according to dash cam footage of a passenger bus, May 3, 2023.

Readers said the punishment was too light.

"The driver had committed an extremely dangerous error and could have easily caused a serious accident. Yet he was only fined, and not as much as one [would get] for driving after drinking 2-3 bottles of beer. The Road Traffic Law needs to be adjusted."

"Driving like this, the risk of causing a catastrophic accident is 100 times higher than drunk drinking, but the fine is not half that."
Nguyen Mi

"Why not permanently revoke the driver's license for drivers who have no awareness and endanger other travelers like this?"

"For drivers who are too safety-ignorant, their license should be revoked forever. A person who drives a four-wheeled vehicle this recklessly will be a danger to other road users. A fine of VND17 million means nothing to them. In other countries, this act would cause him to lose his license for at least a year, and even have to spend a few months in prison."

"I feel it is necessary to adjust the fine. There are many such cases that occur because the punishment is not severe enough. The cash fine needs to be many times higher, and the license needs to be revoked for several years, then he has to study and retake the test."

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